Staying on track is one of the biggest challenges we face when on a weight loss journey, or any other journey for that matter. The first week we are pumped! Let’s do this! And then little by little enthusiasm tends to fade and before you know it we end up right back to our old habits. So, how do we break this cycle? How do we keep the enthusiasm on high all the way to the end of the journey?
Know your weaknesses and then prepare for them. Here’s an example: Jenny had set a goal to lose 20 lbs. by summer. She decided that going to the gym after work would be the easiest route since she had a few hours after work before she needed to be home. She and her husband John rotated the cooking nights and John had agreed to pick up the kids from school so this would work out well, she thought. The first week went very smoothly. The following Tuesday, John had to stay late at work so Jenny abandoned the gym to pick up the kids. No biggie. Pretty soon, something “came up” at least two out of the five days a week that she had committed to working out, causing her not to go. Jenny became increasingly discouraged and her poor eating habits were slowly finding their way back into her life. She knew that she had to do something to reverse the situation. Jenny set her alarm one hour earlier and began going to the gym first thing in the morning. Because she went to the gym upon waking up, she had accomplished a few things. One, she had more energy and was motivated to stay on task. Two, she burned more calories throughout the day and was less likely to eat things that she shouldn’t and using the popular excuse “I’ll just work it off later.” And three, she was 99% less likely to have an event that would cause her to abandon her gym time by getting it out of the way before the day officially started. Jenny prepared to succeed by identifying the weak point and changing the plan to make it work.
In my article, 10 Practical Tips to Help You Lose Weight, I list other methods you can use to prepare yourself for success by eliminating potential pitfalls and saboteurs. Recognize your weak areas and prepare by strengthening them. There are many people who will tell you “Just have will power!” and that’s the simple answer, yes. However, though I believe and teach my clients that we all have unlimited power and potential within us, it is useless until we learn how to access it and maintain it.
The first place to start is building the foundation of success in your mind. By continuously correcting and restructuring the weak areas you are giving your mind a message that you plan to win. This is the path to will power–the path to success. Plan and prepare to win and win you will.